fission and fusion

um any idays for a small power generator under this topic?

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kelseymh3 years ago
Nope. Can't do it, unfortunately. Both methods require relatively large structures, partly to provide all the supporting systems to convert heat to electricity, and partly in the form of heavy shielding to protect against the lethal radiation produced by both processes.

If you're interested in what "small" means for fission reactors, look up the B&W "mPower" reactor design.
Actually, it's quite easy to build a reactor core...

The core itself can be small; 10 kilos or so of enriched uranium oxide. It's the moderator structure, the heat transfer system, and the heavy shielding that makes even a "small" reactor big (say, the size of a cottage).
I hope the OP isn't building one as an Eagle Scout Project.
ElectricBlue123 (author)  thematthatter3 years ago
im not even in ???boy scouts???
I don't suppose you're referring to the infamous David Hahn, aka the "Nuclear Boy Scout"?  I mean that one's a  zany story, and I think Dave still out there, and still taking apart old smoke detectors for the Americium.
I read his biography, and there is a copy of Golden Book of Chemistry on scribed.
Are Eagle Scout projects required to be original? Or is it more like I'bles, where you can do the same thing as someone else, but your take on it makes it original?
They have to show leadership, and benefit a community or organization other than Scouting. And the project has to be written with enough detail that anyone can come along and complete it if need be.
It doesn't have to be original, Ive cleaned about 4 or 5 cemeteries in my day. But a Boy Scout Committee has to approve the project before you can begin, or even collect stuff for it. Unique is better but having a teenager design a project that has never been done before can be challenging especially if they don't know where to start.
Kiteman Kiteman3 years ago
(Sorry, forgot to add the source: http://rudimentsofwisdom.com/pages_experiments/nuclearfission.htm)
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